We brought Bundy, our cocker spaniel, into the family about 3 months ago now in the hope that he might bring back a bit of zing into Zac, our old German Shepherd Dog. It has worked fantastically well and certainly Zac now wants to look at everything that Bundy does, read all the post cards left on trees, chase balls again and manages to walk long distances as he wants to keep up with Bundy. (it helps that it is also winter here and he is having acupuncture)
Zac we believe really enjoys having the company however over the last couple of weeks a disturbing change has taken place. Bundy is telling Zac that he is to live outside and Zac is complying. Bundy growls and barks as he rushes at Zac anytime he goes to come in. Zac just looks at him and turns round and goes to his outside bed. He could easily put a stop to this by just one bark or growl, a footstep taken towards Bundy would see the little dog turn and run but no……Zac just does what he is told.
I think that he loves the little fellow and is happy to make him happy to his own detriment. I wonder if this is what a lot of men do to keep their wives happy. All the wives that I know (including myself) have many more tasks and social activities that they want to do and like Bundy growl and bark at their man to join in the activity. Much of the time their man just turns round and does the expected action because they love their wife and they don’t want to battle. Watching Bundy I think I’m going to practice growling less.
Anyway we were really worried that Bundy was turning into a bully until in the park yesterday morning, as Zac lay chomping on his ball, and Bundy with ball in mouth running from one smell to the next a bull terrier (a pig dog) came running up to Bundy. There was no mal-intent on the dog’s part but he frightened Bundy who relinquished his ball to the dog. Zac was on his feet in seconds chasing the dog who now has the ball. On catching him (not bad for an 11 year old dog) he made him drop it and removed him far enough away from it so that Bundy could reclaim what was rightfully his. Zac then returned to his own ball. This happened four times before the dog’s owner put him on a leash and moved him on.
It showed me that Zac can stand up for himself (and for his family) if he wants to, that he is happy for Bundy to be a pain (but probably not a bully) and that he loves the little guy.